Officially an RCA graduate


On the 27th June 2014 I graduated from the Royal College of Art. The day was really quite spectacular and I wanted to share a few pictures from the day here (alongside the story behind the dress I wore!)





Graduation for me started on Wednesday with my symposium. The Symposium offered a chance for me to speak briefly about the topic of my dissertation alongside my fellow coursemates. You can hear me speak about Frederick Starke in this podcast (I speak from around 19 min 40 seconds in). For the occasion I wore (of course) A Frederick Starke Fredrica dress. Unfortunately I didn’t get anyone to snap a picture of the back of the dress ,but it was open to the waist- so really rather daring!


Post symposium with my boyfriend Martin

The symposium, held at the V&A was a great opportunity to celebrate our achievements and it was nice if somewhat strange for some of my family to hear me speak!


Friday though was my graduation and so completely unlike my BA graduation I can’t even begin to explain. The robes worn were really quite hilarious. No one seemed quite sure what way round the sash/ hood should go and there were numerous variations red hood out/ white hood out, full hood out (in an elf like style) or a smaller pointed hood. RCA graduates are incredibly lucky as we get to have our graduation at the Royal Albert Hall…sat inside the hall awaiting graduation, put simply, sent shivers down my spine. The ceremony itself was really quite fun, people got up and cheered throughout and there was a very relaxed yet celebratory atmosphere. Our honorary doctors were very exciting too- Albert Elbaz, Grayson Perry and Paola Antonelli.




Inside the Royal Albert Hall

After the ceremony we had the chance to show friends and family round the RCA show space and pick up our certificate. I am still slightly in awe of my huge A3 size certificate…my BA one now pales in comparison!




Standard me and my Mum posing…


Attractive face here from my Dad


With my Dad and Nanna


With my Mama and Grandma


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Don’t ask me why… but this is my favourite picture of the whole day. I don’t have a clue what I’m doing : /

But importantly, as this is me, what was the story behind the dress I chose to wear? For my ceremony I wore a late 1950s Frank Usher dress. I felt I HAD to wear a Model House Group or Fashion House Group garments and as Frank Usher was one of the key Fashion House Group firms (run by Max and Anne Bruh) it seemed like the perfect choice. Furthermore, my Grandfather actually worked for the firm. So it seemed fitting to wear the dress. I teamed my dress with a 1950s diamante bracelet (borrowed/ stolen from my mum) and a pair of black satin L.K. Bennett courts with diamante buckles.


In typical Liz style though, symposium and graduation in the space of 3 days were not enough for me…and as soon as my graduation finished I hopped straight on a train and hot footed it to Glastonbury festival.

To read more about my dissertation topic “London before it swung: British ready-to-wear under the Model House Group and Fashion House Group” please click here.

Becoming a Peckham resident

Two weeks ago I took the plunge and (finally) moved out of home. It was with mixed emotions that I left my childhood home, excited for my new adventure yet at the same time feeling sad to leave the house I had lived in (albeit on and off) for nineteen years. I’ve now left Surrey and I am a fully fledged resident of SE15- i.e. Peckham

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My casa in Surrey- yes my Dad still had England flags hanging out of the window after England were knocked out of the World Cup…

Peckham is already proving to be an absolute treat. I love the diversity in the town and the way everything just seems to mesh together in a rather wonderful jumble.

Things that excite me about Peckham:

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Peckham has potentially the coolest library ever. I Took these pics in the beautiful sunshine yesterday : D

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…And from the library you can see the Shard : D (yes, I am one of those rare, odd people who actually likes the shard).

Peckham has some great independent shops. Lois (Choumert road)  has a delightful array of jewellery whilst Quaint and Belle (Bellenden road) stocks great homeware.


Peckham has an ace vintage shop… JHBeulah/ Threads
PLUS they are just starting up a series of what look like rather fantastic workshops inside the shop.


Peckham has a Manze pie and mash shop. Don’t. Get. Me. Started. There is something about pie and mash shops (the proper old school London ones) that I just adore. Gimme a slightly burnt pie, lumpy mash that folds over the edge of the plate and lashings of liquor and I’m a happy bunny.


Peckham doesn’t have a tube stop but this seems to mean you can get a bus ANYWHERE. £1.45 to get wherever you like in London? Absolute Win. (The no.12 gets you to Oxford Circus : D)


Peckham has both a Lidl AND an Aldi.


Peckham has a really eclectic mix of pubs and bars. So far we’ve only tried a few but the ones we’ve been too thus far have been more than pleasant.

Peckham has a Wetherspoons…It’s the cheapest Wetherspoons I’ve ever been in. Seriously- under a fiver for a pint and a glass of wine. A-Mazing.

Do you know the Peckham area? do you have any tips for where to visit/ eat/ drink? Drop me an email!

I’ve been told to check out the Lordship Lane area too…so I will share my findings soon : D

Super summer sales

At the moment I am on a BIG stock clear out. I’m not only clearing out my stock, but also my wardrobe. I’ve just moved into a new flat and now have far less space for all my lovely vintage dresses, skirts and accessories-but this means treats for all vintage fans out there!

Check out the current ebay collection here

Ending TONIGHT I have an amazing selection of dresses on ebay, including three (yes three!!!) Horrockses dresses. There are also some stunning 50s novelty prints included and deadstock 50s sunglasses.


50s Horrockses house print dress


50s novelty print Spanish Flamenco dancer skirt


1950s green deadstock sunglasses

Ending on Wednesday there are some lovely pieces of vintage jewellery. Including cute 1940s plastic flower pins and 50s sparkling brooches.


1940s miniature plastic flower brooch


1950s pansy bouquet brooch

And finally, ending next Sunday a huge selection of amazing Indian cotton dresses- a number by highly collectible brand Phool. These dresses are the HOT collectible right now so get bidding on them before the prices rise even higher. I saw an unlabelled Indian cotton dress (v similar vibe to mine for sale) in the Topshop Peekaboo concession for £110!


1970s Interlinks Indian cotton dress


1970s Phool dress with scalloped hem

There are lots more pieces to come over the next few weeks too- more stunning 50s summer cottons and lots more accessories to. Make sure you save advantage-in-vintage to your ebay favourites list!

Check out the current ebay collection here